- Were pro-immigration laws vetoed?
- In Maryland, vetoes imposed by Governor Hogan have been overridden by the legislature.
- “The victory in the House of Representatives helps end the terror that immigrants face at the hands of ICE,” they reported.
GOOD NEWS FOR MARYLAND. This Tuesday, it was announced that the Maryland Legislature had decided to vote in favor of overriding Governor Larry Hogan’s vetoes. He is one of the most controversial figures in Maryland because of his ideas about undocumented immigrants in the United States. He had been against two proposed laws that favored immigrants.
The laws he vetoed concerned ending private detention by the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) in the state. They also aimed to prevent ICE from accessing the DMV information of immigrants, according to EFE. Several pro-immigrant groups view the veto overrides as a great victory.
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes
According to the EFE agency, the Maryland Legislature voted this Tuesday in favor of overriding the governor’s vetoes. Republican Larry Hogan had vetoed two bills that ended the private detention of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) in the state and allowed the agency access to DMV information on immigrant drivers.
Although it was not an easy process, it was reported that Hogan’s vetoes overridden during a special session with broad support from both houses in which Democrats have a majority, the EFE agency said. According to local media, they are not the only vetoes that were considered, but they were the only ones that were voted on.
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes: What do the laws aim to do?
These pro-immigrant policies were enacted to avoid further abuses by ICE. The HB 23 law would prevent federal agents from inspecting photographs or other personal information and facial recognition records to enforce immigration laws without a warrant, announced the EFE agency.
The second law that voted on, puts an end to the ICE private prison agreements before next October 1, 2022. According to the EFE agency, HB 16 would require counties that have contracts with ICE for incarcerating migrants to end these agreements by October 1 of next year. Filed Under: Maryland Overrides Undocumented Vetoes
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes: How long ago were the laws vetoed?
The governor vetoed these two measures last May. He claimed they were contrary to laws that prohibit state agencies from helping federal agencies in the application of immigration laws, which are the exclusive domain of federal authorities, according to the EFE agency.
The main reason the governor vetoed these measures is because he did not want to, “Make Maryland a sanctuary state,” and wanted to assure that local authorities should fully cooperate with federal immigration officials, said EFE. Although of course, not everyone in Maryland disagreed with his controversial vetoes. Filed Under: Maryland Overrides Undocumented Vetoes
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes: What Does Governor Hogan Say?
As reported by The Baltimore Sun, Hogan offered a few words to the media last Wednesday emphasizing that if the vetoes he had interposed on the laws were overridden, it would be because there are more Democrats in the Legislature. The governor of Maryland alleged that the majority of people in Maryland agreed with him.
“I’m sure they are going to be working to try to overturn some common sense vetoes that most people in Maryland agree with me on,” Hogan told reporters days before the hearing. Filed Under: Maryland Overrides Undocumented Vetoes
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes: A Mistake?
The governor, on that occasion, explained that it would be a mistake if the vetoes were overridden and stated that he had had a private meeting with the president of the Senate, Bill Ferguson. Hogan, stated that he explained to Ferguson that he was making a serious mistake and reported that he was not sure if he had managed to convince him not to override the veto.
“I tried to explain to him that they would be making a mistake if they went against the overwhelming will of the voters, but I’m not sure if I convinced him,” according to The Baltimore Sun. The governor has not shared any information on social media. Filed Under: Maryland Overrides Undocumented Vetoes
Maryland legislature overrides vetoes: A Victory?
According to the EFE agency, Casa Maryland welcomed the votes, which they say show that the state is, “on the side of its immigrant families.” The group took the Legislature’s decision as a major victory for the undocumented due to the growing terror they faced from ICE.
“The victory in the House of Representatives helps end the terror that immigrants face at the hands of ICE by ending private ICE arrests and cutting off ICE access to immigrant driver data,” said Gustavo Torres, executive director of Casa Maryland according to EFE. Filed Under: Maryland Overrides Undocumented Vetoes
Good news is announced at the end of November
Officials announce who will not be deported thanks to a new DHS law. On Monday, the United States Government began to apply the new guidelines for carrying out arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants, as part of Joe Biden’s election promises.
The Guidelines for the Application of the Civil Immigration Law were announced on November 29 through a release issued by DHS. At the beginning of 2020, ICE detained a daily average of 40,000 people, says Efe.
Who should not be arrested and deported?
Currently, the ICE has just over 23,265 illegal immigrants in its custody in different detention centers throughout the country, according to Efe. “Today is an important step forward in ensuring that our workforce is empowered to exercise its procedural discretion,” said Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
In the announcement of the new guidelines last September, the head of the DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas, explained that from now on the agents of the Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE) should not arrest and deport certain undocumented persons, who meet several criteria.
Who will be saved from deportation?
Agricultural workers, the elderly and others who could be detained and expelled under the policies of former President Donald Trump’s administration (2017-2021) for the simple fact of being undocumented, will have more protections under the new DHS guidelines.
The efforts of agencies such as ICE and CBP should be focused on “applying the law to those who pose a threat to our national security, public safety and border security,” as revealed by Secretary Mayorkas.
Which immigrants are prioritized for deportation?
The new guidelines established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also prioritize the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants who have recently crossed the border, according to the Efe news agency.
In addition, priority will be given to the expulsion of criminals, however these measures may be affected by a lawsuit from several Republican states. “The main question is whether a non-citizen poses a threat to public safety,” Mayorkas explained in a memo to ICE agents.
Bad news for new guidelines that would benefit undocumented immigrants
He added that ICE agents should avoid detaining immigrants who come to their attention because they have complained about unscrupulous homeowners or employers, or because they have participated in protest demonstrations. This would provide greater protection to the undocumented.
However, the new guidelines are once again in the sights of three Republican states that sued the Biden administration to overturn these guidelines, Efe said. The state of Ohio is the latest to join the effort by Montana and Arizona.
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